”Does Medical Marijuana Help PTSD”?
Hello, everyone! Let’s talk! Can we discuss Does medical marijuana help PTSD? We hear these initials every day, but what does it mean? Who is at risk? How is it being treated?
Is it treated with medicine, therapy, and now you ask “does medical marijuana help PTSD?
How many times have you seen on television, advertising for veterans? You will hear military vets suffer from PTSD every day.
What do these initials mean PTSD stand for? The answer to this ugly disorder is – Post-traumatic stress disorder. At one time it was referred to ” shell shock”
“National Center for PTSD defines it as follows” Is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault.”
An unexpected or expected death, including miscarriage, can be traumatic and cause PTSD. As can a loss of a job or relationship.
We all have moments of sadness, fear, anxiety at some time in our life. That is just life. Those events may cause difficulty sleeping, eating, just doing everyday life activities for a short time. However, when these feelings are lingering, now into weeks or months you may suffer from PTSD can be tricky because it may not show its ugly head at the time of the event, no it can be much later on. It can come and go.
These symptoms can be debilitating. They can cause people to be hypersensitive, hypervigilant to pulling away to a fetal position. Wanting to be left alone, and avoiding anything and anyone that may have a potential to be hurtful toward them.
They often blame themselves for what happened, or are embarrassed, even though it was no fault of their own.
Who is at risk for PTSD?
The answer is everyone really. It can affect people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, social or economic. Tragedy spares no one.
We know everyone responds differently to a traumatic event. Everyone has their on bag of skill sets to rely on. Their own coping mechanism.
We had a patient, we will call Betty ( for privacy protection) with PTSD because her loved one was harmed. Betty’s brother Neal was mugged coming out of a mall in broad daylight. He was bludgeoned and in intensive care for 7 days. Neal recovered well, not just physically but emotionally.
He took this opportunity, as he calls “my chance to make a negative into a positive and take back control of my life to educate others regarding safety and self-defensive ”
He became an expert in Martial Arts. He owns his own company and he empowers and teaches thousands of students every day.
However, Betty was the one diagnosed with PTSD.
Emergency personnel and first line responders obviously see a lot and often are put in harm’s way trying to help someone survive. Scarlett and I have heard many horrifying stories from our patients as they describe how they tried their best to save this person or that person. They describe the repeated visions, day and nite reliving every detail to having to deliver sad news.
They often speak of guilt that they carry with them every day ” if only ”. Those two words are so powerful and can be damaging.
Woman are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with PTSD. One factor is because women are more likely to experience being sexually assaulted.
Let’s talk about ” How are you diagnosed?”
Your Doctor will perform a complete physical exam, as well, as an in-depth psychological exam. This can be painful as the Doctor will need to discuss the” event(s) that occurred.
The Doctor will want to know, were you the one that was directly experienced by the trauma, the witness to said, event, or was your loved one the victim? Are you a first responder, like EMT, paramedic, or any part of a 911 call.
Let’s talk treatment!
It’s often called “talk therapy”
Treatment can help you regain your life, yes it can!
Psychotherapy – there are many types of psychotherapy
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.Meaning, to be retrained on how you respond to traumatic memories.
- Exposure therapy-this is where you safely revisit the said event so you can learn to cope with what has been so frightening.
- Cognitive therapy -this is where you learn to get out of the pattern of constant fear and negative thoughts.
There are many medications that are helpful. You and your medical team will discuss the pro’s and cons to see what best first your needs.
Now – to answer your question, does medical marijuana help PTSD? THE ANSWER IS YES! YES! AND YES!
Many patients have shared their experiences, here are some comments as follows –
Glenn “Before I was numb, a zombie, now I can feel emotions again and I’m ok with what I am feeling, you know alive and wanting to live my Life”
- Renee MD ’ I look forward to BEING with my family, I am back, I can rest, the anxiety is well managed without being sedated.
There are many more testimonials and well documented how medical marijuana is helping many disorders.
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Scarlett and I are avid patient advocates! We want everyone to be informed and encourage all to discuss your options with your medical them.
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Elaine and Scarlett